Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Information Behaviour and Digital Literacy
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  (2500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Report  (2500 words equivalent)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay Resubmission  (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Report Resubmission  (2500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Discuss and critically evaluate the concept of literacy and the many variants associated with “digital literacy”.

2. Critically examine the relationship between different forms of information skills.

3. Critically evaluate learning theories in relation to the provision of digital literacy skill programmes.

4. Evaluate how information behavior theory and user studies can inform skills development and training provision.

5. Analyse and discuss the effective use of technology for digital literacy skills tuition.

6. Demonstrate basic learning theory and critically evaluate its use and potential for digital skill training.

Brief description

This module will integrate theory relating to learning, information behavior research and digital literacy.


The content of the course is delivered via lectures and workshop practical sessions. The content is indicative of the themes explored in this module.

1. Digital literacy: definitions and international developments.
2. Identifying and Practicing Information skills: developing critical information skills
3. Theory and frameworks for understanding users and our own information behaviour
4. Users, models and standards: piecing together the jigsaw
5. Learning theory: from pedagogy to practice
6. From e-learning to social learning: applications of technology to support learning
7. Variations on learning and the theoretical frameworks of Information Literacy
8. A critical framework: perspectives on digital literacy: privacy, online safety and ethics
9. Evaluation: impact and effectiveness
10. Assignment tutorials for assignment one, and for assignment two offered at appropriate times in the term.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Essay writing skills are developed and assessed through the assignment. The group assignment will help develop oral presentation skills and skills in summarization.
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflect on the preparation work done for seminars; reflect on feedback from assignments following completion.
Information Technology ICTs and their implications for society is core to the module. In addition, the module requires application of IT skills in communication and presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Skills and knowledge developed in and through this module will contribute to professional employability. The topics covered in this module are core to the disciplines of information studies, computer science and indeed social sciences more generally.
Problem solving Through critical interpretation of essay questions and seminars exercises and through the group assignment.
Research skills Research skills assessed through the assignments. In addition, students will undertake research as follow up to workshop sessions.
Subject Specific Skills The module introduces the core concepts, theories and models of social informatics and digital ethics.
Team work Through workshop activities and through the group presentation assignment.


This module is at CQFW Level 5